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Oh what can I achieve whilst he sleeps.

I have to challenge myself to get as much as I possibly can done whilst little man sleeps (that is if he decides to sleep). We have a little argy bargy about sleeping, I love him to sleep before lunchtime, he loves to go to sleep at around 3pm and sleep until 6 (if at all). Most days are sleep free for us, no quiet time nothing, just full on Mr demolition man. I love that he is so wild and crazy, only his eldest sister was that way. The others were great sleepers and quiet little people most of the time.

I have given up trying to mop floors unless I know he is down for the night, I mean tiles, mop and a bucket full of soapy water is 2 year old heaven lol. I find myself on my hands and knees with a cloth wiping floors down so as to not excite him. Don’t even get me started on trying to clean the bathroom or toilet with him underfoot. I mean who doesn’t love to have their favourite towel stuck in the toilet bowl or all the toilet rolls full of toilet paper thrown in there. Funny thing is I love that he wants to be with me every waking second unless of course I have said no then I am the worst person on earth.

So over the last few days he has been a bit poorly and I admit I have relished the serenity of his long naps. Now don’t get excited and think I have taken this time to do those dreaded household chores nope. Scrapping, crafting and reading a book are the only tasks I set myself to do. Housework can wait :-). I know he is on the road to recovery as today his sleep was short so not much creative time.

I had a go at the Scrap the boys challenge which was fun, the title is minus one basically because I couldn’t find a black & white picture that was printed out of the little man. I love how it turned out, certainly not my usual style but fun for sure. I realised that I am very low on supplies for biy pages so I think I will be hitting up Shop and Crop as they are having a huge 3 day sale from tomorrow.


Off to feed the family. x


Why do toddlers eat sponges but not their dinner?

Honestly I need an answer to this question or else my son may starve. Mr 2 loves nothing more than finding my kitchen sponges and tearing them apart with his teeth I am forever finding little bits of yellow sponge all over the place. It is driving me bonkers considering I do give him nice meals that he refuses to eat on most occasions. I know 2 is a challenging age where they are trying to show us that they are independent little souls that don’t want to do what we want them to do very often. You would think that him being the last I of 5 it would be a walk in the park. Nope after 10 years I think I blocked out the agony of two. Ah well I shall endeavour to keep pushing yummy meals towards him to have them thrown on the floor or just not touched, we do get suprised every now and then when he picks up his fork and actually eats something that has been put in front of him.

Spaghetti time
Spaghetti time
Carrot time
Carrot time

Here’s hoping tonight’s dinner makes it into his stomach and not on the floor.
On another note, whilst Mr 2 slept last night I finished off my Scrap the girls challenge for May. I think I may play along again as I enjoyed using the sketch. I am finding that doing all the different challenges I am coming across is finally making me scrap again which is fantastic. I just need to sort out a space that allows me to have all my products on display so I can easily scrap. Here is my page.

Scrap The Girls
Scrap The Girls

Off to create. x

15 minute daily creative

After a busy, busy, busy few weeks of family holidays, work and just general life. I finally have made the time to participate in a challenge over at Show Us Your Stuff . I had a great time playing along, I have always enjoyed using stamps to create a background for my pages but this time I wanted it to be clean so I just made a sweet little stamped clock.  I used the amazing little sun and cloud from Charms Creations they make me so happy.

I have been feeling lately that many of us just don’t allow ourselves the time to be creative without a whole lot of guilt. After chatting with a few other creative friends I decided to set up a little Instagram page for all of us to find some inspiration and to show off our 15 minute creative works. It can be just a start of a page, a few lines in a journal a cake cooking, anything that you have taken the time to do daily without guilt. Here is the link please join us and play along.


ahhhh life is hectic

Life has gotten a wee bit hectic the last week, blog has been neglected. I am just here to show off a scrapbooking page I have done for the April challenge over at the White with 1 blog. I have scrapbooked very infrequently over the last 4 years, this will change this year. I need a was to relax and scrapbooking is my relaxation, so get used to lots of pages lol.



40 is drawing ever so near.


In a few weeks I will be turning 40, now I know for a lot of people this could be a scary milestone but honestly for me I am excited about it. There are two real reasons why the first is that many years ago I realised that life is short, that a lot of people just don’t get the chance to reach 40 unfortunately.  The second is that I have to be honest my milestone birthday’s have always been a bit forgettable my 18th was a party full of my siblings friends and someone throwing up in my sisters wardrobe lol (Sorry EJ). 30th didn’t  happen (the ex went fishing) and 21st well that was ok. I decided that if I was blessed to get to 40 then I would ensure I indulge in a whole day of celebration. So now I am determined that my 40th celebrations will be fabulous, do I know what I am doing? Not really think I will be spending the weekend doing as many of my favourite things, with as many of my favourite people high tea, window shopping, family lunch, dinner with friends in Sydney, breakfast out and hopefully a fabulous cake to end the weekend.

I love parties always have, I do  see a lot of people having these crazy huge over the top parties for themselves and their children. I mean have you seen all the amazing parties on pintrest  wow. Kids parties are big big big business these days, I wish that kids got the chance to have good old fashion kids parties. You know the ones without an entertainer or 5, no fancy venue (laser blast, flip out etc) where there were party pies, fairy bread and devon filled with mash potato (yes mumma we remember). I know that all these foods may not be what the paleo enthusiast or clean eater may not agree I believe that as a treat it won’t hurt them.

Whilst I have been known to go a little over big for the children’s birthdays at times I have a rule as to when they have big birthdays. 1st birthdays, 5th birthdays, 10th birthday 13th, 18th’s and a 21st. Yep that’s all they get I mean come on I would be broke if I did huge birthday parties  every year for each one of them (please remember there are 5 of them). I am not mean I do let them choose their favourite meal, they can have one friend over & the extended family, they also get a cake of their choosing. When they were little it was a cake from the Women’s weekly cake book. just like my mum had done for us, now for the older ones it is usually a chocolate mud cake or something a little more grown up either home made or picked up from a local bakery.

cake bookOops once again managed to go a wee bit off track from my original post idea, I really should think about clarifying my ideas and writing up a draft before I come and sit at the computer. I shall leave you for now with my board of cakes, I hope to one day have made them  all.





Into the new…..

Many times over the last 10 years I have found myself setting up a blog for one reason or another, needed one for scrap booking, needed one for a start up business, one for family and friends to see the goings on within our family. Never have I done one that was just for me to let go and enjoy writing about my life, my feelings, my hopes and my goals in life. I want this blog to be a resource for my 5 children to look at when they are parenting one day, to laugh at when they are feeling bogged down by the day to day.

I will admit to not being a very good writer at all, I have in the past censored everything I have written just so I can look good well guess what my dear readers no more. I will write as I think say what I feel and post pictures of the things that make me laugh, cry or cringe, things that I think are beautiful, yummy or even inspiring. I will not double and triple check everything and delete lots out of my post I will press submit and enjoy whatever happens.

There are people out there in blogland that have amazing blogs full of perfect pictures, perfect homes, perfect meals and perfect children well guess what I too have all those things, pictures that are perfect for me, a home that will one day be perfect, meals that make me feel perfectly satisfied and children that I believe are perfect in every way imaginable. It will be rare that you will see pictures on my blog that don’t have a 2 year old running in the background or maybe slightly blurred but I will continue to post them just to show you real life.

Now that is done I am off to eat some super delicious extremely bad for me Banana cake with Maple syrup buttercream frosting whilst sipping a hot tea.

Oh I have a picture of said cake 🙂